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and adapting our responses to the threats that we're facing. >> does the u.s. integrate the tools of peace building into its statecraft? when do challenges like poverty, disease and climate change become issues of national security? and what role can global institutions and civil society organizations play in supporting government led efforts? next, on great decisions. >> in a democracy, agreement is not essential, but participation is. join us as we discuss today's most critil global issues. join us as we discuss today's most critil global issues. join us for great decisions. [instrumental music] >> great decisions is produced by the foreign policy association, inspiring americans to learn more about the world. funding for great decisions is provided by the carnegie corporation of new york, the starr foundation, shell international, and the european commission. great decisions is produced in association with the university of delaware. >> and now from our studios, here is ralph begleiter. >> welcome to great decisions. i'm ralph begleiter. joining us to discuss peace building and statecra
government was on the take. ah, and, in most cases, they were keeping their u.s. visas up-to-date in case they had to get out all of a sudden. so the, the whole structure, the government structure there is involved with, ah, obviously with drugs, one way or another. >> vanda. >> ah, i think that the afghan govements, is very corrupt in multiple ways, and certainly members of both high levels and low levels are involved in drug trafficking, inevitably, if a third or half of the country's economy is drugs. essentially the only way to have risen to a position of being a new con after the 1980's when the legal economy was estimated to be part of the illegal economy. >> we spoke, ah, great decisions spoke to some other experts about these topics too, including the question of why globalization seems to have fueled the flames a little more. let's listen to what they have to say. >> the origin of organized crime, the way we understand it, an italian, an italian would call it mafia, international mafia. it really goes back to the 70's and 80's at the national level, but it became a global problem
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